Course Information

The Cairns Centre for Drilling & Well Control is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and we deliver the following RII Nationally Recognised Training  Courses for the following VET training units. These RII Courses comply with Queensland legislation that requires that the operator of operating plant must ensure that each person on the drilling or well servicing operating plant meets the requirements of the person’s position under the Competency Standard for Petroleum and Gas Well Drilling and Well Servicing (2014). 

These RII courses comply with the Queensland oil and gas industry legislation - the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act (Qld) 2004 (P&G) and the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation (Qld) 2004 which among other things states that the operator must ensure each person meets the required competency for the position and ensure that the appropriate competencies are maintained.

Completing an RII Short Course for 3 or 5 days depending on the unit required, complies with legislation that workers on oil and gas rigs are working towards appropriate competencies or maintaining their competencies under legislation. To maintain a competency under the below listed units on our scope, a candidate only needs to attend a one day Competency Assessment after the successful completion of the initial 3 or 5 day course. There is no need to attend another 5 day course. 

  • RIIOGD205D – Support Blow Out Preventions;
  • RIIOGD206D – Assist with Coal Seam Gas Control;
  • RIIOGD304D – Apply Effective Coal Seam Gas Control Practises;
  • RIIOGD305D – Apply Blow Out Prevention Operational Procedures;
  • RIIOGD405D – Carry Out Well Control and Blow Out Prevention; and
  • RIIBEF401D – Manage Non-Routine, Complex Technical Situations.

The following courses are covered by RIIBEF401D: Manage non-routine complex technical situations

  • Well Intervention
  • Stuck Pipe Course
  • Coal Bed Methane Well Control
  • Under Balanced Air Drilling
  • Stuck Pipe courses are completed over the course of 1 day after the completion of a 5 day BOP course or confirmation of competency.
  • Stuck Pipe courses are run on demand & we encourage you to book in groups however we will run the course for individuals. If you are interested in completing the "Stuck Pipe Course" please Submit an Enquiry to ask us about course times & dates and cost.
  • Both Coal Bed Methane and Under Balanced Air Drilling courses are completed over 2 days.

The above RII Nationally Recognised training courses have been written by John van-Vegchel and have been approved as complying with all necessary legislation for competency based training in Australia.


IWCF training and assessment. IWCF training is Industry Recognised but classed as informal under Australian legislation. 

Training to meet industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community needs can be achieved through non-accredited training e.g. IWCF non/accredited Industry Recognised training. An organisation wanting to deliver a skill set or non-award course would need to satisfy other delivery requirements.

* Please see below for comments made by ASQA regarding IWCF non-accredited training.


Disabilities in Education Policy - Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Reasonable Adjustment

Disclaimer: The IWCF has not provided our training Centre with a policy or procedure regarding reasonable adjustments for candidates sitting IWCF exams and assessments. We have no control over the IWCF failing to provide a policy  or procedure and do not endorse the failure of the IWCF to provide Reasonable Adjustments during examinations and assessments.

Please advise on your “Registration Form” or at your course, if you require educational assistance during training and exams.

NB: A qualified educator with a Bachelor of Further Education & Training and a Bachelor Science (Psychology) with specialist qualifications in literacy, numeracy and assessing for learning disabilities, is available for candidates who require assistance.

The Trainer: John van-Vegchel has relevant tertiary qualifications and experience to assist candidates who have learning disabilities.


IWCF informal training cannot be used to issue certifications or qualifications without other competency assessments taking place.  

  • IWCF Blow Out Prevention (BOP) Rotary Drilling Onshore (Surface)  Level 3 and Level 4
  • IWCF Blow Out Prevention (BOP) Rotary Drilling Offshore (combined surface/Subsea  Level 3 and Lev 4
  • Class Room Courses - BOP courses start at 8am on the Monday of every week.
  • Each IWCF BOP and Pressure Control course runs for the duration of 1 week (5 days) Monday – Friday.
  • For IWCF non-accredited training, it is a requirement that participants have drilling industry experience and be currently or previously employed in the industry.
  • Should there be any concern regarding a participants ability to undertake a course, Cairns Centre personnel will discuss and advise on all requirements appropriately needed and adapt accordingly.

IWCF Well Intervention - not being run by us

IWCF Well Intervention courses are not being run because Cairns Centre owns an RII Nationally Recognised Well Intervention training course which is completed under the RII competency standards and provides candidates with a qualification at the completion of the course.

* IWCF Industry Recognised but non-nationally recognised training - Statement from ASQA. The below email has been copied and pasted from email send from an ASQA employee regarding registered providers under Australian legislation.

"In particular, neither International Well Control Forum nor International Association of Drilling Contractors are registered providers [in Australia] and, as such, are not regulated by ASQA unless they purport to offer courses which are nationally recognised training courses or courses that are recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).  The training offered by these organisations does not meet this criteria.

For your information, ASQA’s jurisdiction is covered by the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (the NVR Act).  The NVR Act can be accessed at http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2011A00012.

The use of the term “accredited” is not restricted by the NVETR Act.

If the information provided by the organisations is misleading, concerns can be raised with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission which deals with false or misleading claims.  Please see https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/misleading-claims-advertising/false-or-misleading-claims."

 Yours sincerely

 Michael Breslin

Australian Skills Quality Authority
GPO Box 9928, Melbourne VIC 3001
Website: www.asqa.gov.au 
Info line: 1300 701 801


FURTHER ON QUEENSLAND LEGISLATION FOR THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

The Queensland oil and gas industry is legislated by the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act (Qld) 2004 (P&G) and the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation (Qld) 2004.

Section 675 of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act states that each person must have the necessary competencies to undertake their allocated work.

Section 54AA of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004 requires that the operator of operating plant must ensure competency requirements are met.

Attainment of these qualifications does not relieve operators of their responsibilities under s675 of the P&G Act and in sections 54A and 54B of the P&G Regulation, to undertake skills assessment and training to enable each rig worker to carry out their work. Each individual skills assessment may well identify other necessary skills (such as first aid training, driving and specialist task skills such as well completion) that will require further training.

The Standard requires the relevant national AQF qualification that must be held by each position with the exception of persons who must undergo training toward the levels indicated.

The operator must ensure each person meets the required competency for the position and ensure that the appropriate competencies are maintained.

Section 674 of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 requires the operator of operating plant to have a Safety Management Plan (SMP). Section 675(g) and (h) refer to the requirement to conduct a training needs analysis for all workers; and the establishment of a training and supervision program as part of the SMP. The Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate has released a Competency Standard for Petroleum and Gas Well Drilling and Well Servicing (2014).

The Competency Standard applies to all operators of drilling operating plant that drills prescribed wells as defined in the Act (Queensland Government 2004, Schedule 12); and in accordance with section 54AA of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004, the operator of operating plant must ensure that each person on the drilling or well servicing operating plant meets the requirements of the person’s position under the Competency Standard for Petroleum and Gas Well Drilling and Well Servicing (2014).

IWCF courses are not competency based trainingthey are exam and knowledge based. They can be used as professional development but do not comply with Queensland legislation for achieving and maintaining competency in the industry in Queensland.